History and people came to life today.
Ceasarea was a summer retreat and an incredible seaport on The Mediterrean. The city had everything – theatre, hippodrome, fresh water via an aquaduct, and all the best furnishings. An incredible view captured our attention. We even stood on the floor of the King’s Court where Paul likely pled his case and shared his testimony.
Our eyes tried to stay focused inside the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. So much beauty in the church and did I mention that the main altar and centerpiece of the church is the home that is believed to be Mary’s home. The church is built atop the remains of much of the original town. So much to view.
As if that wasn’t enough – we stood on the peak of the ancient city of Megiddo that overlooks the Valley of Armageddon. This ancient city has been leveled and rebuilt by conquering armies over two dozen times dating back over 5000 years. And I didn’t yet talk about the 5000 year old altar discovered there that was used by the Canaanites. So much to look at once again.
And finally we stopped at Cana – the place of Jesus’ first miracle.
Can you believe it happened in such a simple place?
Not much to look at here, but what started here would reverberate throughout the kingdom.
History gives a lens to look back. Archaeology gives us history we can touch.
The gift of vision and place gave us each a fresh look at the past today and the impact of what we have seen will forever change us.
Tomorrow we travel to Bethlehem … just visiting … not paying taxes.